3. Prioritize safety
With well-being top of mind for every essential worker, it’s important to turn your digital workplace platform into a health and safety training hub. Further, by leveraging digital workplace technology on employees’ personal mobile devices, tools for operations become contactless—enabling you to remain compliant with card punching, tasks, training, and other activities.
Create quizzes on COVID-related store procedures to help keep employees informed and in compliance with government regulations. You can also upload training videos that show how to use PPE or properly sanitize a work area after use. Additionally, set up a health screening questionnaire that workers must complete before they start their shift to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace.
Emphasizing health and safety protocols in workplace communications is critical for maintaining a safe work environment. With only 42% of the nation’s workers saying their organization cares about their well-being during the pandemic, it also shows employees that their health is a priority to you.
4. Offer early earned wage access.
An increasingly relevant employee empowerment tool made possible by digital workplace platforms is early access to earned wages. The functionality enables workers to access a defined percentage of their accrued earnings with no extra fees.
Financial pressure is one of the top stressors hourly essential workers face. At a time when workers may have to take care of a sick family member or incur extra childcare costs while they’re on the job, providing early access to wages helps alleviate financial pressure.
Improved employee satisfaction benefits your business by reducing attrition rates, improving attendance, and bettering the customer experience.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of slowing down. Essential workers are more important than ever and they need to feel empowered in the workplace. By leveraging a centralized workplace platform to improve communication and engagement, you can show your essential workers that you’re going the extra mile to take care of them — so they can focus on taking care of us.
Steven Kramer is CEO, president and co-founder of WorkJam.